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To resolute or not. Pt. 1?

Friday, December 26, 2014

To resolute or not. Pt. 1?

New Years Resolution for me, theyre like a curse. I dont even make them anymore.

I looked up the definition of Resolution, here are two of the entries:

*the act of resolving or determining upon an action, course of action, method, procedure, etc
*a resolve; a decision or determination: to make a firm resolution to do something.

I can make some pretty decent; daily, weekly & monthly goals, but YEARLY? That’s long term bro! In all honestly, I didn’t grow up making goals, its just not something that was focused on. My dad had goals, being a military man he had delightful weight, exercise and promotion goals, but those were all for work. It wasn’t passed down to me. Errgo New Years goals or Resolutions have rarely worked for me. I make goals, but never PLANS. And THAT boys and girls is the problem for me, anyhow. Not sure what YOURE problem is.

So, last night when I was WIDE awake at midnight, I started making a list. Well, a few lists haha Im a list person. My first list was things I need to do around the house because in 2015 I want to keep house better. Hows that for a vague goal. Shall we make this a S.M.A.R.T. goal??? Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic & Timely. Just made this a little more complicated, didnt I. YOURE WELCOME! *if you’d like MORE detail on these “smart” goals, google smart goals yep. It’s that easy.*

Specific : Keep House better no? not specific? Ugh. Barely English? Psh! Fine. The end result is I dont want to have PILES ON PILES of paperwork and stuff to go thru this time next year. We have one room in our house that is just a cluster you know. We have another room that has a purpose, but its SOOOOOO cluttered. And generally, my dining room table is um well, generally you cant tell that theres an actual table under all that. Somethings under there

Measurable: dining room table will be available for *gasp* dining every Saturday night. And by available, I mean cleared and NOT by making a pile of paperwork to take upstairs to deal with later.

Attainable: There was a fantastic song by Chicago You’re a Hard Habit To Break awesome 80’s hit. And thats how this cycle of making paperwork piles is going to be for me. I learned a few years ago that this is a family trait. I come from a line of pilers, and apparently our spouses dont find it endearing. WTH? However, this IS attainable. If I can make a mail center downstairs, this will stop with the excuses. I may even have to change the way I get the mail. Maybe I only get it once or twice a week and deal with it then. This way its not an everyday chore OR maybe I do need to make it a daily chore like cleaning the litter boxes. Good times, ahead! The good news is Pinterest has ALL KINDS of organizing tips for me. I already started my board. *random but helpful side bar* Pinterest can be a FANTASTIC source to help you attain your goals. I just searched organizing had now have an awesome list of ideas. WooHoo! *

Realistic: Realistically, Id like to be totally cool with someone stopping by my house unannounced. Im willing to do this, and since hes tired of the clutter as well, DH is all in.

Timely: Mail Center by 18 Jan. that means I have 3 weeks. I think I have everything I need, I just need to put it all in one convenient location. Current paperwork situation ugh. This may take some time, so Im going to say 31 Jan. 5 weeks from today. Maybe I can make 5 huge piles and take them on, week by week. And by this time next year, Id like to be in the habit of dealing with paperwork immediately so that on December 26, 2015, I have no piles and frankly havent in a long time!

NOW thats just ONE goal. I may have to make this a dadgum series.
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  • ANNABELLISABEL
    I need to resolute for the same thing, my parents take this a few steps further than I do, their table year round is covered with paper, okay tables. lol. but mine is our coffee table, it has a shelf underneath that I cover with paper as well as the top of it. We were trying to set out Packer Gathering stuff yesterday and had to wipe it off putting my pile of junk to the side. lol. I think I will try this with you!
    2221 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14803649
    lol... you make smart goals fun to read. i have a bit of an organizing mini disaster at my home because we're in the middle of a home makeover/ limbo and waiting for the next phase to start...and i can't wait for that to begin! emoticon hopefully 6 mos from now I'll be looking back and laughing about all of this.

    good luck with your organization... i'll be thinking of you and waiting for your next post if there's a mini series waiting to happen. emoticon emoticon
    2221 days ago
  • GHK1962
    I myself am not a Resolution person. I mean, I may pick Jan 1st to start some things out ... but it's no different if I pick Feb 1st or August 1st ... it's just a nice day to remember when I started something is I do it on THE FIRST haha.

    As to you "Let's keep things uncluttered" goal - in a strange way I am both things at the same time. I pile things up ... but at some point can't stand it and put everything in it's place!

    And ...why were you up so late last night?
    2224 days ago
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